Brian C. Chao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor National Security Affairs
Brian C. Chao faculty photo


Brian C. Chao’s research interests encompass Asia-Pacific politics, great power relations, international security, naval studies, political geography and U.S. defense and foreign policies. His work appears in “Navies in Multipolar Worlds: From the Age of Sail to the Present” (Routledge, 2021), as well as the China Brief, The Diplomat, East Asia Forum and The National Interest, among others. Brian teaches courses in theater and national-security decision making. He is also an associate with the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • International Relations
  • Maritime Strategy
  • National Security
  • Taiwan

Professional Highlights


Assistant Professor

Tenure-track appointment as assistant professor in the Naval War College's National Security Affairs Department


Visiting appointment as associate in the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Contemporary China

Research Associate, East Asia

Full-time researcher in East Asia national security-related science and technology issues at Defense Group Inc.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2020, Political Science

A.M., University of Pennsylvania, 2016, Political Science

A.B. (cum laude), Dartmouth College, 2009, Government with High Honors

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Research Contributions and Publications

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